Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Performance Evaluation of Lattice-Boltzmann Magnetohydrodynamics Simulations on Modern
Parallel Vector Systems
- Author(s): Carter, Jonathan
- Oliker, Leonid
- et al.
The last decade has witnessed a rapid proliferation of superscalarcache-based microprocessors to build high-end computing (HEC) platforms, primarily because of their generality, scalability, and cost effectiveness. However, the growing gap between sustained and peak performance for full-scale scientific applications on such platforms has become major concern in high performance computing. The latest generation of custom-built parallel vector systems have the potential to address this concern for numerical algorithms with sufficient regularity in their computational structure. In this work,we explore two and three dimensional implementations of a lattice-Boltzmann magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) physics application, on some of today's most powerful supercomputing platforms. Results compare performance between the the vector-based Cray X1, Earth Simulator, andnewly-released NEC SX-8, with the commodity-based superscalar platforms of the IBM Power3, Intel Itanium2, and AMD Opteron. Overall results show that the SX-8 attains unprecedented aggregate performance across our evaluated applications.